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Membership Roles in Field Research
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Membership Roles in Field Research



August 1987 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
There are a range of possible roles that can be played by ethnographers in field research, from the detached observer to the the fully-fledged participant. The choice of role will affect the type of information available to the researcher and the kind of ethnography written. The authors discuss the problems and advantages at each level of involvement and give examples of modern ethnographic studies.
 
PART ONE: THE HISTORY AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF FIELDWORK ROLES
 
The Chicago School
 
More Radical Views on Membership
The California Sociologies of Everyday Life  
 
Existential Sociology
The Investigative Paradigm  
 
Ethnomethodology
Becoming the Phenomenon  
 
Synthesis
 
The Critique of Traditional Field Research
 
Membership Roles in Field Research
 
PART TWO: PERIPHERAL MEMBERSHIP
 
The Process of Membership
 
Becoming a Peripheral-Member-Researcher
 
The Membership Experience
 
Disengagement
 
Reflections
 
PART THREE: ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP
 
The Process of Membership
 
Becoming an Active-Member-Researcher
 
The Membership Experience
 
Disengagement
 
Reflections
 
PART FOUR: COMPLETE MEMBERSHIP
 
The Process of Membership
 
Becoming a Complete-Member-Researcher
 
The Membership Experience
 
Disengagement
 
Reflections

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